1. Press Release
  2. Middle East & Iran, U.S. Wars & Militarism

PRESS ADVISORY: Faith Leaders Call for Diplomacy, Not War, With Iran

Christian leaders release unprecedented statement in response to the growing threat of war with Iran

By Timothy McHugh, July 8, 2019


Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 9, national faith leaders will convene on Capitol Hill to speak out against a morally and religiously indefensible war with Iran. Amid escalating tensions between the US and Iran, speakers will call on all Christian leaders, theologians, clergy, and laypersons to choose peace over more war. The speakers will also call on legislators to support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to ensure the president cannot take unauthorized unilateral military action in or against Iran.

Contact: Tim McHugh, Friends Committee on National Legislation, media@fcnl.org; 202-903-2515

Read the full statement here.

Who: Rev. Jim Wallis, President and Founder of Sojourners

Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, CEO and co-founder of Skinner Leadership Institute

Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International

Carlos Malavé, Executive Director of Christian Churches Together

Jim Winkler, President and General Secretary of the National Council of Churches

Diana Ohlbaum, Senior Strategist and Legislative Director for Foreign Policy for Friends Committee on National Legislation

When: Tuesday, July 9, 10:00 AM Where: Front steps of the Methodist Building 100 Maryland Ave NE Washington, DC 20002

Media interested in attending should RSVP to Timothy McHugh at tim@fcnl.org.

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Timothy McHugh

  • Director of Media Relations

Tim leads organizational efforts to communicate about issues, victories, priorities, and updates through all available news channels – specifically the major media outlets. He is responsible for providing FCNL staff with opportunities to convey our message – in print and through the airways – to the public and throughout the country. He keeps FCNL issues and staff on the collective radars of reporters and journalists nationwide. Lastly, he runs FCNL several media-focused social media channels.